KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his administration is committed to protecting the rights of workers whose sacrifices have resulted in the economic growth now being experienced.
Speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labor Day 2019 activities, earlier this week, Holness said that this and other safeguards are important in preserving Jamaica’s fragile recovery, “as the economy gets stronger and more robust”.
Holness, who noted that the economy is improving as evidenced by record high employment and low unemployment, said for this to continue, “we must ensure that our businesses can grow and have the confidence to employ”.
“At the same time, we must ensure that our workers are satisfied in their employment and that labor is properly rewarded,” he added.
He praised workers’ unions for being “very progressive” over the last 30 years, and advised that they should always seek to utilize the mechanism developed for resolving conflicts, “because any action outside of that could easily destabilize the very tenuous and fragile recovery of our economy”.
Workers’ Week activities will begin on May 19, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony the following day, in commemoration of the 1938 labor riots. Workers’ Week is being observed under the theme ‘Yes to decent work; no to child labor’.